Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Barnard Hughes guest stars as Father Brian, a Catholic priest who helps Mary (Mary Tyler Moore) research a TV documentary. Upon completion of the project, Father Brian shocks everyone in the newsroom by declaring his intention of leaving the priesthood. No one is more shocked than Mary, who is convinced that the Father's decision has come about because he has fallen in love with her. An amusing insight into the fragile and often misguided ego of Mary Richards, "Mary's Father" was first broadcast on September 27, 1975.